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Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell, Jr. (born February 20, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. A member of the Republican Party, he is the Minority Leader of the Senate. He is the longest serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky history.


McConnell has supported several gun control measures put forth by Democrats, including the 1991 Crime Bill S.1241 sponsored by then senator Joseph Biden, that instituted a national waiting period for handgun purchases as well as a federal ban on semi-automatic firearms. In 1998, McConnell voted for Barbara Boxer's Trigger Lock Amendment 3230, which required the purchase of a trigger lock with the sale of each handgun.


In addition to regulation of firearms, McConnell has also supported nuclear arms control initiatives such as the START I treaty, which he voted for in 1992, describing it as "an outstanding agreement".


McConnell is also well known for his opposition to campaign finance regulation on First Amendment grounds. He argues that regulations reduce participation in political campaigns and protect incumbents from competition. He spearheaded the movement against the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (known since 1995 as the "McCain–Feingold bill" and from 1989–1994 as the "Boren–Mitchell bill"), calling it "neither fair, nor balanced, nor constitutional." His opposition to the bill culminated in the 2003 Supreme Court case McConnell v. Federal Election Commission and the 2009 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.


In August 2007 McConnell introduced the Protect America Act of 2007, which allowed the National Security Agency to monitor telephone and electronic communications of suspected terrorists inside and outside the United States without obtaining a warrant.

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Poor, Misguided Benny Thinks that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Have his Back. Benny (not his real name) likes to put an optimistic spin on things. It's an admirable trait, but the operative word is still spin. Spin is not truth. Benny thinks Palestinians will wake up one day and embrace Jews as their friends.
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Mitch McConnell has a problem entirely of his own making. The Senate majority leader promised a vote on Obamacare “stability” legislation to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Collins wants a vote on the package as a Senate floor amendment to the omnibus appropriations legislation (that is, if and when ...

Y., praised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday after the Republican leader expressed confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Schumer called McConnell's comments a "real shot across the bow" at the president ...
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Not until Tuesday did the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, utter a word, and at his regular weekly news conference, he had little choice. “I agree with the president's lawyers that Bob Mueller should be allowed to finish his job,” he said in his patented monotone, but he added that he did ...
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Mitch McConnell: Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum are still cause for concern ..... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's concerned about the "scope" of President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum and the impact on Americans and businesses they work for. The Trump ...
Eight students were arrested protesting for gun control outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Washington office on Wednesday. A group of about one dozen DC-area high school and college students sat-in on McConnell's office in the Russell Senate office building, blocking access to his office ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday pushed back at Democratic charges that he single-handedly diluted a bipartisan push in September 2016 for states to safeguard their election systems from Russian disruption. McConnell addressed the issue two days after Denis McDonough, ...
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Denis McDonough said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was single-handedly responsible for downgrading the language in a letter "asking the states to work with us" to better secure election systems in light of intelligence indicating Russia was attempting to ...
Barack Obama's former chief of staff has commented the former president's warning about Russia's alleged meddling was “dramatically watered down” by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Speaking to NBC's Meet the Press, Denis McDonough said it has taken three weeks for Obama to put together ...

(CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday the Senate will turn to a banking bill next week, dashing hopes of many senators in both parties that the Senate would be able to pass gun legislation quickly in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The decision reflects the ...
(CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday the Senate will turn to a banking bill next week, dashing hopes of many senators in both parties that the Senate would be able to pass gun legislation quickly in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The decision reflects the ...
Washington (CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not mention the raging debate over gun control when he opened the Senate on Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump created widespread confusion about what policies he wants Congress to pursue at an extraordinary televised ...
This month's Journal of the American Medical Association reports “the largest cluster ever reported of advanced black lung, also known as progressive massive fibrosis, was confirmed in an area that includes southeastern Kentucky.” Coal miners like Roger Cook worked for 32 years. He died at 61.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Protesters gathered in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville home Monday calling for changes to gun laws. The so-called "die in" was staged after school shootings in Florida and Marshall County, Kentucky. The protesters said they want to see ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell · Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday called on the Senate to try to ...
Let's pause to recall once again what did happen: Justice Scalia's body wasn't even in the ground before Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said he would refuse to consider any nominee President Obama might put forward. The reason, he claimed, was the importance of letting Americans “have ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supports a GOP immigration plan that aims to meet the demands set out by President Donald Trump, the Kentucky Republican said Monday. While McConnell thinks the measure has the best chance to get signed into law, it is unclear whether any Democrats will ...
Mitch McConnell is taking the reins of an immigration debate that may prompt a fix for “Dreamers” — or quickly spiral out of control. Usually careful with his every move, the Senate majority leader is taking a gamble this week with his pledge for a free-for-all debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of ...
Washington (CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teed up a pivotal immigration debate for consideration next week early Friday morning, keeping a promise as soon as the Senate voted to end a government shutdown. The move to hold an unpredictable Senate debate next week fulfills the ...
McDonough: Mitch McConnell watered down Obama's Russia response. Sun, Mar 04. In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Obama White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough tells Chuck Todd that Sen. Mitch McConnell watered down a statement about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Share Video ...
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said little publicly since a former student massacred 17 people at a high school in Parkland about what Congress could do to address the epidemic of school shootings with legislation to reduce gun violence. In the wake of these ...
That level of support suggests there's a real chance this bill could pass Congress with a strong bipartisan majority, but advocates for criminal justice reform fear that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will never let it get that far. The issue causes real conflict within the Republican Party, especially in ...
WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell said in an interview on Friday afternoon that President Trump should rally behind the Senate candidacy of Mitt Romney despite his blistering criticism in 2016, arguing that Mr. Romney's potent bid was an illustration of the Republican Party's improving fortunes ...
Late on Thursday afternoon, the Republicans in the U.S. Senate gave what ought to be the final proof that they, and the president*, and the party they represent, simply do not want the beneficiaries of the DACA order in this country because they are who they are, and because they came from whence they ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the open-ended immigration debate in the Senate as "an opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom. ... As we wait to see whether lawmakers can work out a deal, we're going to examine something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week ...
Mitch McConnell is taking the reins of an immigration debate that may prompt a fix for “Dreamers” — or quickly spiral out of control. Usually careful with his every move, the Senate majority leader is taking a gamble this week with his pledge for a free-for-all debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of ...
A travesty occured in the chambers of Congress last night and early this morning. Republicans in Congress exposed themselves as hypocrites and frauds by passing an unconscionable two-year budget deal that will explode this year's deficit and add $1.5 trillion to the debt. This is a level of spending that is ...
Washington (CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teed up a pivotal immigration debate for consideration next week early Friday morning, keeping a promise as soon as the Senate voted to end a government shutdown. The move to hold an unpredictable Senate debate next week fulfills the ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell · Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears ...
As budget discussions between Republican and Democratic leaders continue to stall, it's starting to look like another partial shutdown is in America's future. That may well be true even if the closely divided U.S. Senate can work out a stopgap measure to fund the federal government beyond Thursday.
The super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is launching a digital advertising campaign in Indiana accusing incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of outsourcing jobs to Mexico. The Senate Leadership Fund declined to disclose how much it was spending but said the ...
The second is to reach a long-stalled deal on immigration before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opens a promised freewheeling floor debate to try to settle the contentious issue. Congressional leaders from both parties have said they don't foresee a second shutdown, but as of Sunday evening, ...
On June 6, 2016, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined his wife, Elaine Chao, now the U.S. secretary of transportation, at a ceremony on the Harvard Business School campus to dedicate a new building emblazoned with the Chao family name. Funded by a $40 million gift from the Chao family and its ...
Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United StatesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently told Bloomberg Politics what he considered the greatest accomplishment of his political career. "For me personally," McConnell said, "it would be Neil Gorsuch and the changes ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell · Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: If there's no wall, there's no DACA fix Schumer: Democrats 'cut the best deal we could' Dems sour on shutdown tactics MORE (R-Ky.) knocked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi · Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro ...
The Republican Party of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell received thousands of dollars from Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn, who recently stepped down as the national GOP finance chairman over multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment. In 2016, Wynn donated $10,000 to the ...
Soon the Senate will vote on legislation that would make abortions after 20-weeks illegal, honoring a promise that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made to social conservatives last year. Because that legislation requires 60 votes before it can be taken up for consideration, chances of changing the ...
Put simply, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not been a reliable dealmaker in recent months. Toward the end of 2017, he promised fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake a vote on bills that would stabilize the Affordable Care Act's individual insurance markets ...
Senate Democrats agreed to reopen the federal government last month because they had reached an understanding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on how to move forward with an immigration debate. In the eyes of the activist base, that was the deal's flaw: They believe that McConnell can't ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell managed to convince Senate Democrats to vote to fund the government on Monday on the strength of his word. Based on even his recent track record, that word is worth very little. McConnell said Monday, before a vote to fund the government through February 8, that he would take ...
Joe Biden said Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped the Obama administration from speaking out about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign by refusing to sign on to a bipartisan statement of condemnation. That moment, the former Democratic vice president said, made ...
Democrats, Dreamers Parse 'Commitment' From Mitch McConnell. The Senate Majority Leader said he intended to allow a vote on DACA and “related issues” next month. But some believe his pledge was hollow. By Arthur Delaney. WASHINGTON ― Democrats in the Senate agreed to reopen the ...


 

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